Friday, February 24, 2006

Acid rain

Ifitellyaiwillkillya tagged me and I'm it. The task: to create a work of fiction or fact of around 100-200 ( 300-400 will do too)words using these words: I, me, blowjob, grapes, random, power, loneliness, water, robot, and blue.
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It was exactly three months since Kumar’s death. I was done with the weeping and mourning. There were no more tears left. I tried not to think of the cemetery on the hill where he was laid to rest on that cold and blue London morning. We had come to London when Kumar had been offered a job as Plant Manager at the Smithson Chemical Plant. Two months after he joined work, a short circuit in the power line led to an explosion at the plant. Kumar went into a coma after inhaling the poisonous vapors and breathed his last three months ago.

The past three months I had lived liked a robot. But today was another day and some unseen power tugged at me. I found myself walking towards St Peter’s. I stopped on the way at Kellys, the florist. Kumar often picked a bunch of tulips for me whenever he had some extra money. He always said that he loved to see the look on my face when I saw the flowers. It was like a mental blowjob he joked.

I picked out a bunch of tulips at random, trying to ignore Mr. Green’s kind and concerned gaze. Mr. Green was a widower with no children. This business helped kill the loneliness of his comfortable yet desolate apartment. He had led the fight against the Chemical plant that secured the compensation amount.

At last I was done with the flowers. Mr. Green sprinkled some water on them and packed them up. He pressed a small paper packet into my palms. It was California Grapes!! How I enjoyed them when Kumar could afford to buy me some. I smiled through the tears at Mr. Green. His eyes darkened. "Nothing will bring him back, but we are with you dear."

I ran blindly towards the cemetery tears streaming down my face. Scores of sympathetic eyes followed me. The towns people had stood as one in my fight against Smithsons. I stumbled into the cemetry and saw a figure standing near Kumar's grave. He must have sensed my presence because he turned and said, "Have you got the money?"
"Yes, all One Million Pounds." I whispered panting.
"Well...we did it Doc." he said his face inscrutable.
"Yes we did it Kumar." I answered my face equally inscrutable.

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I hereby knight Anoop Mohan Kumar,Ganja Turtle,Jagan and Geo. Arise you are hereby tagged.

56 comments:

kornkob said...

Me first again....!!!!

This was brilliant. Lady gimme more!

>|' ; '| said...

ewww...scary! :D
nice story doc!

Mind Curry said...

one million pounds..that was the compensation? well good you relocated to london, or you would have had to settle for Rs.50,000 to the family. lol.

brilliant writing silverine. i am waiting for that book of yours to come out.

If I tell ya, I'll have to kill ya said...

wow woman...you've knocked me out. this was a different read for sure and fantastic as always.

Lost in trance... said...

er...'a mental blowjob' feeling wen he sees her xpression after recieving flowers? um...that doesnt seem to fit...:)

Supremus said...

Very interesting !! one million pounds - sigh I wish I had them :(

Very well written indeed.

Binoy, The One and Only said...

Er... hello?
What was that all about once again? I guess I was in trance reading about the young widow and it was like some one shot me with a cannon!!! (pistol bullets won't harm me)
Good read.

Gladtomeetin said...

Once again good one dear :-))

arvin said...

Am I the only one noticing this?

"The past three months I had lived liked a zombie."

You mean robot, right? zombie is not one of the required words, robot is.

really incredible writing. i think you fit blowjob in as well as it could be, actually.

zimblymallu said...

ha. mental blowjob indeed. i'm surprised somebody hasn't commented that story was like a mental blowjob. no. im not saying that. i read it just to see how you were going to deal with that blowjob. i wonder if i can use the word blowjob any more gratuitously than in this comment here. i will not try.

so, the way he felt when he saw the look on your face when you saw the flowers... wouldn't it have been easier to ... never mind.

nice effort.

I just dont know why it was kumar. unless it was the kumar from harold and kumar go to white castle. you could have called him harold, and it wouldn't have made a difference to the story...

Fleiger said...

Excellent! the twist in the tail... err tale is very good. Was not expecting the end, because I was busy blaming you for a beign extremely serious (not original silverine article I thought).

Come to think of it now, I should have expected it.

Now I know, who wants to be a millionare ;)

Jim said...

Nice! I think Ifitellyaiwillkillya almost did you in with the blowjob thing, because in other versions of this tag, it was blow and job... invariably most folks used "blow job" in their story and the meme propogated...

Densel Mayor said...

too late, silvey.. I don't blog anymore, y'know

Densel Mayor said...

:)

tony said...

oh dear, but I have done the tag a long long time ago... The worst tag I ever got i say lol robots and blow jobs.....

Today is my curry mela day by the way .

Ganja Turtle said...

Wearing steel chainmail armour and Excalibur by his waist, Sir Ganja arises and sets off on a dangerous quest...(ride of the valkyries in the background) Guided only by sparse random words and a silver fox, he has to traverse moors and mountains, battle the angry senior demons at the office stay away from the afternoon nap siren song, fight the many curses of critics and craft an unsinkable vessel of words that will take him to what all men seek but no men find (fade and play The Final Countdown)- The Holy Story...Will he make it? Watch this space! ;-)

Allow me to be critical...London mornings are always greyer than bluish...and use of the mental blowjob is not silverine class...needless to say why...lets see how I fare!

Ganja Turtle said...

You did this in a rush or something?

silverine said...

@kk and poison:Thanks :)
@mindcurry:My book will suck just like this story attempt lol p.s am not fishing for compliments :))
@IfItellya gal: Thanks dear, if it passed muster with you then it must be ok :)
@lostintrance:Hey you got stuck somehwere :p
@Supremus: Thank you !!!!
@gladtomeetin:Nice to see that cute pic here :)
@Arvin: Thanks for pointing it out. have corrected the same. And thanks for the appreciation.
@zimblymallu: I had no clue how to use the word, so used it the way Lalit used it in his tag :)) Nice to see you once again at my blog. I know you read my blog yadda yadda but hey, it's not like seeing that cute face here :)) p.s. Harold sounds like a fat balding englishman *barf* p.p.s was this a compliment or a critical review? lol
@Fleiger: Thank you. Kaun banega really bad fiction writer. lol
@Jim: *horror* I went thru the pain of trying to figure out where to put in blowjob, only to know that it was "blow' and 'job'. Baaaawl :((
@Ganja Turtle: LOL All you have to do is insert these words in your comment and viola!!! we have a Holy Story!!!
p.s. The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
Google er....J. B. Priestley ;)
@Ganja Turtle: No I wrote this after agonising a month over the B word rofl :))

Geo said...

wotz a blowjob?

O:-)

EspritNoir said...

good read silverine. keep it rolling...

Fleiger said...

Kaun banega really bad fiction writer??? Hmm... that's a million pound question ;)

hope and love said...

that was simply superb..!
u SHOULD write a book..

Alexis Leon said...

Nice story. I did something similar when I was doing my M.Tech. I handled the blowjob part like this: "He finally got a job in a glass factory where he had to make glass bottles by blowing molten glass into a mould. After a few weeks he got tired of the blowjob and got a transfer to the packing section."

Bhupi said...

Fabulous!!!

zimblymallu said...

it was a little bit of both, sunshine.
and this comment is for calling me cute. :D
Oh, then you need to see the movie. "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle"

Mind Curry said...

ok..if you ever write a book then, make me your manager ;)let me go dream now...whitbread, giller, booker, encore, orange, pullitzer..hmmm..

silverine said...

@Geo: See Alexis' comment for the answer he he :)) [ whew!thanks Alexis ;)] p.s. I am tagging you instead of Anthony muahaHAHAHAHA
@Densu: I know but you can still do it at your website naah!
@Antony: Saw your tag :)
@Espritnoir: Thanks :)
@Fleiger:Touche :)
@HnL: Thanks Doc, maybe I will give it a try. I aready have a manager in Mindcurry :)
@Alexis: *groan* why didnt I think of that!!!! Superb method of handling the tricky situation!
@Bhupi: Thank you and nice to see you here!!
@zimbly: You are so cute :p
@Mindcurry: With you as a manager I might just write that book. Selling it is your headache :))

Geo said...

Done ma'am..

;_))

Jithu said...

hmmm...

Mind Curry said...

selling it?? are you crazy? am already wondering how i will meet the demand - will have to call in a few publishers for simultaneous release!

?bLeAk?!! said...

:)
n1..
though not your usual style..
waiting for another which will make me laugh my head off...

silverine said...

@Geo: Let the 'squirming' begin :))
@Jithu: hmmm... ;)
@Mindcurry: You are too kind..hope you wont curse me when you will have to sell the unsold books like old newspapers to pay the bills. rofl :))
@bleak: I was tagged so had no choice but to write serious. Wait for my next post on .....(now that would be telling!) :)

Mind Curry said...

unsold? dont worry..i have written enough trash to pay bills. with your book, its gonna be a different league.. think of paying for that villa you dreamt of, the yacht you were talking about the other day and stuff.

Arti Honrao said...

Good work :)

GBU
Arti

Ganja Turtle said...

What squirming - everybody else except Geo are the ones who are doing the squirming ;-)

Shriedhar said...

:)

calvin said...

I was thinking of how you would incorporate 'blowjob' into the story.. :D . Dirty me . Well it was a nice one and no less than

Venkat Ramanan said...

Hey silverine!
Like most of the other guyzz here, I was trying to figure out how you would fit in the blowjob thingie, and yesss you gave it a decent connotation!!! Great way to go :))
BTB Why don't yu write a book??
Cheers!!!!!!

Praveen said...

amazing work,silverine, kudos, esp the ending and how adroitly you fitted all the words together :)

silverine said...

@mindcurry: It was that cottage in Ooty :) With a manager who has more confidence in me than me I am sure I will do well!! Thanks :))
@Arti: Thank you so much dear!
@GT: How do you know Geo is not squirming. He is yet to reply to my questions :))
@Sridhar: :)
@Aashik and venkat ramanan:I think I developed an ulcer trying to fit in that word. Then I simply plagiarised it from lalit ;)
@Praveen: Long time no see. Where are you these days? Thanks for the compliments :)

flaash said...

Hi Silver !

That had a real Archerian feel about it..Nice change! but someone named “Kumar” in London Cemetery??John Smith would’ve been better ;-))

Heheh..Anyway I couldn’t resist a similar tho’ u hadnt tagged me…So here's my attempt to join the truly horrible writers club; here's 2 stories within 100 words using all the required words!

Story 1
"Random notes to chase your blues away. Just blow.. “Job it maybe; but a career it is not- They always used to tell me. And now??? They say I had the power to make even robots sway to my tunes. Loneliness?? I ‘m the antidote !!
The singer crooned the line “Wine of the best grapes or just scotch, soda n water….” God awful lyrics but ….that was my cue !

Kenny G smiled as he lifted his saxophone to his lips!!! "

Story 2

(Ok, I hadn’t seen Alexis comment on the similar idea when I had started off)

"I know they were laughing at me behind my back. Afterall my main task used to be to just blow. Job was challenging however...Or maybe it was just me. And i was the best ! Loneliness at the top- i had the power to convert unremarkable glassmoulds into best glassware in random shapes and colors! For The best Champagne or just plain water-I made glasses for all ...
But today they broke the news to me. Theyre replacing me with a robot !!!! They know i'm feeling blue about it! "Never liked this damn job anyway" i shouted as i walked out of the factory. And grapes are sour-Heard someone shout after me !



Cheers
flaash

beladingala baale said...

thu... chee... kakkaa it was.. honestly thought you could do better...that was like me writing a story for college short story competition where one takes part with the sole intention of getting attendance! really.

silverine said...

@flaash: A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !!! Flaashy you got to do this more often. I didn't tag you because you are yet to pick up the last tag :) I would call these two very good stories. Alas, I cannot write serious stuff, so this was a struggle with the words stilted...unlike my humor posts where word flow like liqor during elections :)) Hats off!!!
@beladingale bale: Bet you didnt know that you can avoid reading such thu...chee matter by just avoiding my blog !!!! LOL :))

Nagu said...

Good one mallu madam!

Arti Honrao said...

:D Just thot of tellin ya dat ders a new story @ my blog, just in case u want to kill time ;)


GBU
Arti

Praveen said...

you know how it is, lot of work and even weekends are not spared and yeah, i know that I have two tags pending from you which I should pen sometime :)

Anonymous said...

During that random power failure, oh-so-routine these days, I was sitting near the half-opened door to the Space Lab, near the water fountain, the only place where one could catch a draft of cool air. I would give anything to escape this ghastly Bangalore weather, I was telling myself while sucking on some blue grapes, when a robot came out the door and gave me a blowjob, probably out of sheer loneliness.

-- by Muppala Suryaprakasha Borthakur ("Surya")

silverine said...

@nagu: Thank you mallu man :))
@Arti: Awaiting next instalment of the suspense drama !!
@Praveen: You work weekends too? Got promoted or what? :))
@Muppala Suryaprakasha Borthakur ("Surya"): That was interesting like your name ;)

beladingala baale said...

geez, really now?? no... but honestly, its just my opinion...really thot u could do better...

Vivek Panda said...

wow !! that was amazing !!

Geo said...

‘Intellectual masturbation’s, ‘Mental blowjob’s....

Enthokke keelkkanam ee janmam onnu theerunnathinu munne, ente guruvaayoorappaaaa!!!

silverine said...

@beladingala bale: Thanks for dropping by.
@Vivek: Hi Vivek, nice to see you here :)
@Geo: New age terminology, like the term leading edge technology..stick around and you will learn more ee janman theerunnathinu munne :))

Jagan said...

I hate you ...I hate you ..

silverine said...

@Jagan: muahhhhhhh "hugs" Awaiting the story :))

Lalit Singh said...

Well written!!!
Somehow i cant relate to the look on the face upon seeing the flower to a blowjob.. even as a joke.. but thats just me

Jagan said...

i have done the tag .........